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Fundraising ride celebrated

Goulburn Options' independent living project benefits by more than $34 000.

June 19, 2014 3:51am

Great Divide Trail Riders president Simon Mason and Allison Mason flank Goulburn Options chief executive Elly Fisher with the cheque.


‘‘Madi’s Ride for Goulburn Options’’ was held in February (Telegraph, March 5).

The event attracted many horse and riding enthusiasts from throughout Victoria.

To celebrate the huge success of Madi’s Ride, a Go Social event was held at Seymour Club recently.

With 100 people in attendance including Goulburn Options members, parents, board members, volunteers, staff and members of Great Divide Trail Riders, the Go Social not only provided a fun forum for networking but also acknowledgement for the enthusiasm and dedication of those who made Madi’s Ride a reality.

Great Divide Trail Riders president Simon Mason presented Goulburn Options chief executive Elly Fisher with a cheque to the value of $34805.21.

The fantastic novelty cheque was designed, produced and kindly donated by Burgess Signs of Seymour.

The funds are a direct result of Madi’s Ride for Goulburn Options, an outstanding achievement through the sponsorship by Great Divide Trail Riders and a long list of businesses and individuals.

Donations were also received from people throughout the state who had heard of the fundraiser and how it was going to assist people with intellectual disabilities to develop skills to enable them to move out of home and live as independently as possible.

Goulburn Options started trials for the Go Get Living Project in March. The project provides the opportunity for people to learn, develop and practise the everyday life skills which are necessary to lead a safe, happy and ultimately independent life.

Participants of the trials have displayed amazing capacity to learn and are highly motivated in working towards an opportunity that many take for granted — to live autonomously.

This project is a long-term investment in people’s futures, however, the results from this short trial period have provided immediate positive outcomes not only for participants but also for their families.

The Goulburn Options community has made a huge investment in the Go Get Living Project. Not only have they purchased the units for the service but have allocated staff and financial resources to prepare the units for occupancy and prepare participants to enter into the Go Get Living service.

The foundations that Goulburn Options are establishing now will not only benefit participants of the project and their families but will be beneficial to the wider community in the future as the resources required for these participants will diminish over time.

The Department of Human Services is Goulburn Options’ primary funding source in delivering day programs and outreach support and has recently agreed to partly fund two participants for one night per week over a 12-month period.

This is welcome news for the Goulburn Options community because this supports a significant step forward for two participants and the future vision of the project.

In the long run, the more investment in these participants that occurs now, the less support they will need in the future.

— Supplied by Goulburn Options

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